Super Bowl champion and ‘Sopranos’ actor was 55 – The Hollywood Reporter

Tony Siragusa, the charismatic NFL defensive tackle who helped lead a strong Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died. He was 55 years old.

Siragusa broadcast agent Jim Ornstein confirmed the death on Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately available.

“It’s a really sad day,” he said. “Tony was so much more than my client, he was part of the family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.

Siragusa, known as “the Goose,” played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. The Baltimore team in 2000 won the Super Bowl behind a defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams.

Siragusa was popular with fans due to his upbeat personality, which also helped him transition into broadcasting quickly after his playing career.

After retiring as a player after the 2001 season, he worked as a Fox Sports analyst – stationed just beyond an on-court end zone – and dabbled in acting, after reappearing as Frankie Cortese on The Sopranos and appeared in the 2002 film 25th hour. He also hosted the home improvement series caves of men for the DIY Network.

Siragusa came to Baltimore as a free agent in 1997 and teamed up with Adams to form an imposing tandem of defensive tackles. In the Ravens’ 2000 championship season, the 6-foot-3, 340-pound Siragusa finished sixth among Baltimore defensemen with 75 tackles.

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